What is BS? I was a teacher and would agree with everything said here.
Earlier this year, a teacher told me that the last two months of school are a complete waste. They spend most of March teaching kids how to take the big state tests in April. April is Test Month and Spring Break,and by then, the school year is basically over! She said there’s no point in beginning major study units in May because of all the end-of-the-year activities. Three months all but lost due to the emphasis placed on standardized testing. Now THAT’s BS!
Listen to what you're saying. The test isn't the problem, the problem lies with the teachers and the school administrators who allow the time to be spent the way it is.
The taxpayer has not only the right, but the obligation to inspect what they expect. And, what they expect is that the teachers are teaching. The ONLY way to do that is to test the fruits of the teacher's alleged labor. That is accomplished with testing - which shouldn't be called testing, but inspecting.
My wife has been an educator for 25-years. She's a professor of English. She rants, especially this time of year - the start of the school year - about how criminally unprepared her incoming students are - almost incapable of writing anything longer than a tweet. BUT, the students sure know it's ok for little Suzie to have two mommies.
If teachers spent more time teaching, and less time social engineering, the end of the year testing wouldn't be a problem, for anyone.
So, you don’t believe the subjects covered by the standardized tests are useful for the kids? The problem is that standardized tests tend to be focused, at least in Florida, on traditional academic subjects while teachers in the classroom would rather concentrate on sex ed and homosexual promotion and hugging trees and such. My wife is a teacher. I have been in other classrooms. Without those tests there would not be much three Rs taught at all in lots of classes and in some whole schools. And Florida is much more traditional academics oriented than, say, Massachusetts where my grandson, alas, is in public school.
Something's seriously amiss here. If the curriculum and the tests were in sync, the teachers should have been teaching the material since September. If the tests evaluate what's taught in the year's curriculum, why is there a panic in March to teach the kids how to take the test?
Aren't the tests supposed to gauge the students' abilities with regard to their grade's subject matter? If not, what is their purpose?